Gravel echoes Colin Powell on terrorism

09/11/07 Mitch E. Perry
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In an upcoming issue of GQ Magazine, former Secretary of State Colin Powell says that terrorism is not the greatest threat to the nation. Asked to elaborate, Powell says he doesn’t mean to say that there isn’t a terrorism threat. He says, there is one. But "we are taking too much counsel of our fears." Later in the article Powell says, “this is not a threat to our survival! The only thing that can really destroy us is us. We shouldn’t do it to ourselves, and we shouldn’t use fear for political purposes—scaring people to death so they will vote for you, or scaring people to death so that we create a terror-industrial complex.”

Former Tampa City Councilman and now Bay News 9 political analyst Bob Buckhorn says he wishes Colin Powell had spoken up earlier in his tenure at the State Department during the first term of President George W. Bush , as he reflected on the 6th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks (roll tape#1 o.q.”eviscerate all of our civil rights”)

Colin Powell’s comments on terorism echo the sentiments of several Democratic presidential candidates, incluuding former U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska. When asked about terrorism, Gravel has much to say when he spoke to WMNF over the weekend

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